Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42431 | Apr 2014

Falling to pieces: Import competition and wholesale bypass leave revenue in tatters

The Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

To say that the Piece Goods, Notions and Other Apparel Wholesaling industry has declined over the five years to 2013 would be an understatement. Rising import penetration has displaced the downstream demand for buttons, zippers and yard fabric from domestic distributors to international manufacturers. Additionally, wholesale bypass, which is the trend of downstream buyers sourcing directly from manufacturers to cut expenses, has constrained wholesalers' function in the domestic supply chain and eliminated many operators. Although the recovering economy will help the industry somewhat, these adverse trends are anticipated to continue in the coming years... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Piece Goods, Notions and Other Apparel Wholesaling industry has a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that, for every dollar spent on labor, $0.02 is spent on capital. Capital intensity has remained relatively static in this industry over the past five years. However, most larger wholesalers have increased their use of capital and have invested in inventory control systems and other new technologies to improve productivity. But due to the low market share concentration in this industry not all wholesalers have operations large enough to justify such investments. Capital expenditures are mostly made for computer software that helps wholesalers track and organize products... purchase to read more


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What is the Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling Industry?

Firms in this industry wholesale various piece goods, fabrics, yarns, thread and other notions and hair accessories. Products sold in this industry include apparel trimmings, belts and buckles, textile fabrics, textile labels, millinery supplies, sewing needles, remnants, ribbons, sewing accessories and zippers. Establishments that buy fabric goods in the gray (i.e. unbleached and untreated), have them finished on a contract basis and sell at wholesale are classified in other industries.

Industry Products
Cotton fabricSynthetic fabricPiece goods and miscellaneous fabricNotionsOther items
Industry Activities
Apparel wholesalingBelt and buckle assembly kit wholesalingBinding and embroidery wholesalingFabrics and textile wholesalingHair accessories, millinery supplies and sewing needle wholesalingRemnants and ribbon wholesalingHair accessories wholesaling

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